One of the challenges that I notice some magicians have is committing to daily spiritual work. I get it, especially if that daily work doesn’t really do anything for you and isn’t spiritually fulfilling. I think if we do daily spiritual work and it doesn’t fulfill us in some essential way, then its worth revisiting why we’re even doing that spiritual work…and whether we should do something differently. And if you come to answer that you need to do something differently, there is no shame in coming to that answer. If anything, you are to be congratulated for being wise enough to realize that something isn’t working for you.
I think one solution to a situation where you aren’t feeling engaged with your spiritual work can be found in the choice to design your own daily work. The choice to design your own daily work allows you to take the helm and create something that has meaning to you. It may be highly personalized and it may draw on elements of previous daily practices that you’ve done, but it may also speak to you in a way that nothing else does.
And your spiritual practice ought to speak to you and be something that fulfills you. Yes, you might be doing that spiritual daily practice to honor the spirits or as a form of service or other reasons, but still, we shouldn’t neglect our own well-being or a sense of fulfillment, because that way lies an emptiness that ultimately takes us away from the very experience we’re seeking to have.
So how do we design our own daily workings?
First you need to determine what activities fulfill you that are relevant to your spiritual work. For example, in my case meditation is a relevant activity that helps me recharge. Meditation might not work for you though, so you want to pick an activity that truly speaks to you. And it doesn’t necessarily need to be an overt magical activity. For instance, you could use knitting as a spiritual activity if you wanted to. The key isn’t to do something overtly occult, but rather to do something that speaks to you.
Once you’ve picked out your activity that you can commit to daily, you’ll then want to consider how you’ll connect it to your spiritual work. In my case, I use meditation as part of the spiritual work I do to connect with the spirits and forces that I’m working with. I’m not seeking to clear my mind, but instead seeking a communion with the spirits. Using my example of knitting, you might use knitting as an activity that helps you connect with your spirits or as a way to help you see the world differently so you can discover possibilities, or whatever else would be relevant to your spiritual goals.
The point of daily spiritual work isn’t do something a rote way that other people have told you must be done. The point of doing daily spiritual work is that it allows you to connect with what is meaningful to you and build a symbiotic relationship with it that transforms you and what you work with. That transformation is part of the magic, but we don’t necessarily need to find magic in arcane words and rituals. Sometimes we can find magic in activities that have meaning to us and let us connect with ourselves and the world if we let them.
Designing your daily spiritual work is that simple. Find what has meaning to you and connect it to the spiritual work you want to do and make it part of your daily life. And recognize that there is value and importance n feeling fulfilled by the work you do. So many of us work at jobs that aren’t fulfilling. Our spiritual work ought to at the very least be fulfilling for us and speak to our deepest needs while also letting us connect to the heart of the universe.